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Tibetan Protestors Attack Chinese Embassy

March 31, 2008

KATMANDU, Nepal, March 30, 2008 (AP) A group of 200 Tibetan exiles and
Buddhist monks tried to storm the Chinese Embassy visa office in Nepal's
capital on Sunday but police beat them back with bamboo batons.

At least 130 protesters were arrested and some of the demonstrators and
policemen were injured in the scuffle.

The protesters reached the metal gate of the fortified compound and were
kicking and trying to push it open when police armed with bamboo batons
rushed to the scene and began beating them.

"Stop the killing, stop the killing," the protesters chanted as they
charged toward the office gate.

Tibetans have protested in front of the Chinese Embassy visa office in
the heart of Katmandu in the past, but it was the first time they had
reached the gate and tried to push through.

Sunday's protest was the latest by Tibetan monks and refugees in
Katmandu against Chinese authorities' crackdown on recent demonstrations
in Tibet.

Police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing policy,
said those arrested were being held in several detention centers and
would likely be freed later within hours without facing any charges.

Nepal has said it would not allow protests against any "friendly
nation," including China.

International rights groups, like New York-based Human Rights Watch, and
the United Nations have repeatedly criticized Nepal's handling of the
Tibetan protests and beating of the protesters.

Nepal has not issued any statement on China's crackdown in Tibet.

China Accuses Dalai Lama Of Closing Door To Talks Following New Tibet

Chinese state media accused the Dalai Lama on Sunday of closing the door
to talks over Tibet's future, an apparent response to rising
international calls for Beijing to negotiate with Tibet's exiled
Buddhist leader.

In a lengthy article, Xinhua News Agency cited past actions and
statements attributed to the 72-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner that
it said contradicted or undermined his calls for negotiations.

"It was the Dalai Lama clique that closed the door of dialogue," Xinhua
said, using China's standard term for the Tibetan government-in-exile.

The statement came a day before the arrival in Beijing of the Olympic
torch, which has become a magnet for Tibetan activists and other groups
seeking to use the August Games to draw attention to their cause.

China has accused the Dalai Lama of orchestrating protests in Tibet's
regional capital Lhasa and other heavily Tibetan areas that started
peacefully among Buddhist monks, but turned deadly on March 14. Beijing
says 22 people were killed in Lhasa, while Tibetan exiles put the
overall death toll at 140.

China's Premier Wen Jiabao told Hong Kong media in Laos Sunday that
Lhasa is "basically stable," and that "social order has returned to normal."

Wen reiterated China's position that it is open to talks with the Dalai
Lama if he gives up his desire for independence, and acknowledges that
Tibet and Taiwan are inseparable from China.

Officials with Lhasa's municipal government described the city as calm
Sunday, a day after a protest reportedly broke out at a monastery there.
The officials said they were sending text messages to area residents
telling them not to "believe or pass on rumors of unrest."

A woman who answered the phone at Lhasa government headquarters said the
reported protest on Saturday was merely a rumor.

"You shouldn't believe such things," said the woman, who hung up without
giving her name. No new incidents were reported on Sunday.
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